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Tennessee ABC Releases Draft of New Rules for Consumer Tastings and Distillery Marketing
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Tennessee ABC Releases Draft of New Rules for Consumer Tastings and Distillery Marketing

06.27.17
The TABC has implemented a number of restrictions on the rights of distilleries, importers and other suppliers to market at restaurants, bars and package stores.  Until recently, the new rules were not written.  Often, industry members learned about the new rules when they were cited for violations and assessed large fines.  Uncertainty is a bad thing for the industry and rumors about new ABC rules were rampant - and often wildly incorrect.

We applaud the TABC for taking a first step toward proposing written rules for tastings and other related trade practices.  Attached is what TABC Director Keith Bell called "a very rough draft of our outline."  Distiller-Rep-Memo-Outline-ABC-Regs-distilleDraft-01179350.docx

The Director asks for comments by January 15, and we encourage industry members to carefully analyze the proposed rules and comment to the Director via this link.

The new rules call to mind an Elvis Presley hit:

Well you got me working boss man
Working round the clock
I want to little drink of water

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